SOURCE: Gordmans Stores, Inc.

May 20, 2016 07:00 ET

Gordmans Stores, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2016 Results

First Quarter Diluted Loss per Share of ($0.08), In-Line With Guidance; One New Store Opened in the First Quarter

OMAHA, NE--(Marketwired - May 20, 2016) - Gordmans Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMAN), an Omaha-based apparel and home décor retailer, today announced results for its first quarter (thirteen weeks) ended April 30, 2016. 

First Quarter Review

  • Comparable store sales decreased 5.0%.
  • Inventory was down 2.9% while operating four additional stores at quarter-end.
  • Diluted loss per share was ($0.08).

"We experienced challenging store traffic consistent with general retail trends during the week leading up to Easter through the end of the first quarter. Despite the pressure on sales, we were able to deliver a loss per share in-line with our guidance range due to proactive management of expenses. While we are disappointed in our overall first quarter performance, we believe we are making the right decisions to protect the bottom line in the face of current headwinds while positioning the company for longer term profitability," said Andy Hall, President and Chief Executive Officer.

"During the first quarter we commenced a comprehensive expense review with the assistance of a retail industry leading consulting firm," continued Hall. "We have identified significant potential cost saving opportunities throughout the organization. We will begin implementing these initiatives in the second quarter and expect to start realizing savings in the fall season. In addition to our expense review, we are focusing on merchandising improvements, driving guest traffic and eCommerce strategies."

First Quarter Financial Results
Net sales for the first quarter ended April 30, 2016 decreased 2.6% to $142.2 million from $145.9 million for the first quarter ended May 2, 2015. Comparable store sales on an owned and licensed basis decreased 5.2% while comparable store sales on an owned basis decreased 5.0%.

Gross profit decreased to $62.0 million, or 43.6% of net sales, from $65.0 million, or 44.5% of net sales, in the first quarter of fiscal 2015. The 90 basis point reduction in gross margin was primarily due to higher markdowns during the first quarter of fiscal 2016 compared with the same period last year to better align our inventory to the current sales environment.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses were $63.9 million, or 44.9% of net sales, compared to $63.3 million, or 43.4% of net sales, in the first quarter of fiscal 2015. As a percent of net sales, SG&A increased 150 basis points due to expenses related to the addition of eCommerce which was launched in mid-2015, an increase in professional fees primarily due to the Company's engagement of an outside party to assist in identifying expense savings opportunities and increased depreciation expense, partially offset by decreases in distribution and corporate expense, as well as store payroll.

The net loss for the first quarter 2016 was $1.6 million, or ($0.08) per diluted share, compared to net income of $0.4 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

New Stores
The Company opened one new store in Omaha, Nebraska during the first quarter of 2016. The Company plans to open four additional new stores in 2016, including one in the second quarter. The Company also plans to close one store during the second quarter.

Second Quarter Outlook
For the second quarter of fiscal year 2016, the Company expects net sales to be between $139 and $142 million, which reflects a mid-single digit decrease in comparable store sales. The Company expects gross profit margin to be lower than last year due to an increase in markdowns as it continues to manage inventory. Selling, general and administrative expenses are expected to increase in the second quarter primarily due to additional professional fees related to the expense savings review and higher eCommerce and depreciation expense. The Company projects a diluted loss per share in the range of ($0.25) to ($0.29) for the second quarter. The weighted average diluted share count is expected to be approximately 19.5 million. 

Conference Call Information
A conference call to discuss first quarter financial results is scheduled for today, May 20, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call will be webcast live at A replay of this call will be available within two hours of the conclusion of the call and will remain on the website for one year.

About Gordmans Stores, Inc.
Gordmans (NASDAQ: GMAN) is an everyday value priced department store featuring a large selection of name brands and the latest fashions and styles at up to 60 percent off department and specialty store prices. The wide range of merchandise includes apparel and footwear for men, women and children, as well as accessories, home décor, gifts, designer fragrances, fashion jewelry, bedding and bath, accent furniture and toys. Founded in 1915, Gordmans guests can shop in any of our 103 stores in 22 states or at For more information about Gordmans, please visit

Safe Harbor Statement
Certain statements in this release are "forward-looking statements" made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "guidance," "expects," "intends," "projects," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "targets," "anticipates," and similar expressions are used to identify these forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding expected net sales, net income < loss >, comparable store sales, diluted earnings < loss > per share, and store expansion, as well as any other statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and assumptions, which may not prove to be accurate. These statements are not guarantees and are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from these forward-looking statements. Among these factors are (1) changes in consumer spending and general economic conditions; (2) our ability to identify and respond to new and changing fashion trends, guest preferences and other related factors; (3) fluctuations in our sales and profitability on a seasonal basis; (4) intense competition from other retailers; (5) our ability to maintain or improve levels of comparable store sales; (6) our ability to attract and retain talent and (7) our successful implementation of advertising, marketing and promotional strategies.

Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including other risks, relevant factors and uncertainties identified in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2016, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.

(Dollars in Thousands Except Per Share Data)  
  13 Weeks
April 30,

    13 Weeks
May 2,
Net sales $ 142,180     $ 145,940  
License fees from leased departments   2,228       2,433  
Cost of sales   (82,392 )     (83,405 )
  Gross profit   62,016       64,968  
Selling, general and administrative expenses   (63,887 )     (63,318 )
  Income / (loss) from operations   (1,871 )     1,650  
Interest expense, net   (785 )     (1,036 )
  Income / (loss) before taxes   (2,656 )     614  
Income tax (expense) / benefit   1,036       (240 )
  Net income / (loss) $ (1,620 )   $ 374  
Basic earnings / (loss) per share $ (0.08 )   $ 0.02  
Diluted earnings / (loss) per share $ (0.08 )   $ 0.02  
Basic weighted average shares outstanding   19,429       19,368  
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding   19,429       19,528  
Ratios as a percent of sales:              
Gross profit   43.6 %     44.5 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses   44.9 %     43.4 %
Income / (loss) from operations   (1.3 %)     1.1 %
Effective tax rate   39.0 %     39.1 %
Net income / (loss)   (1.1 %)     0.3 %
(Dollars in Thousands)
  April 30,
    January 30,
    May 2,
CURRENT ASSETS:                    
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 8,517     $ 6,969     $ 8,691
  Accounts receivable   3,972       3,896       4,144
  Landlord receivable   3,521       3,805       4,490
  Income taxes receivable   3,079       2,746       8,323
  Merchandise inventories   102,736       106,566       105,789
  Deferred income taxes   5,077       5,077       2,896
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets   9,955       8,096       9,725
    Total current assets   136,857       137,155       144,058
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net   89,484       86,375       89,124
INTANGIBLE ASSETS, net   1,820       1,820       1,820
OTHER ASSETS, net   3,845       3,822       3,614
TOTAL ASSETS $ 232,006     $ 229,172     $ 238,616
CURRENT LIABILITIES:                    
  Accounts payable $ 64,664     $ 66,393     $ 76,856
  Accrued expenses   27,997       30,151       30,552
  Current portion of long-term debt, net   26,641       18,390       14,991
    Total current liabilities   119,302       114,934       122,399
NONCURRENT LIABILITIES:                    
  Long-term debt, less current portion, net   26,909       27,345       26,573
  Deferred rent   34,703       33,522       34,609
  Deferred income taxes   17,490       18,130       15,636
  Other liabilities   322       347       262
    Total noncurrent liabilities   79,424       79,344       77,080
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:                    
  Preferred stock   --       --       --
  Common stock   20       20       20
  Additional paid-in capital   54,563       54,601       54,146
  Accumulated deficit   (21,303 )     (19,727 )     (15,029
    Total stockholders' equity   33,280       34,894       39,137
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 232,006     $ 229,172     $ 238,616
(Dollars in Thousands)  
  13 Weeks
April 30,

    13 Weeks
May 2,
Net income / (loss) $ (1,620 )   $ 374  
Adjustments to reconcile net income / (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:              
  Depreciation and amortization expense   4,420       4,016  
  Amortization of deferred financing fees   67       199  
  Loss on retirement / sale of property and equipment   --       23  
  Deferred income taxes   (640 )     --  
  Share-based compensation expense, net of forfeitures   74       256  
  Deferred tax asset shortfall related to share-based compensation expense   (112 )     --  
  Net changes in operating assets and liabilities:              
    Accounts, landlord and income taxes receivable   (125 )     (2,943 )
    Merchandise inventories   3,830       (11,319 )
    Prepaid expenses and other current assets   (1,859 )     (1,190 )
    Other assets   (23 )     116  
    Accounts payable   (1,729 )     12,507  
    Deferred rent   1,181       (772 )
    Accrued expenses and other liabilities   (1,533 )     (743 )
      Net cash provided by operating activities   1,931       524  
    Purchase of property and equipment   (8,920 )     (2,543 )
    Proceeds from sale-leaseback transactions   789       804  
      Net cash used in investing activities   (8,131 )     (1,739 )
    Borrowings on revolving line of credit   59,900       52,600  
    Repayments on revolving line of credit   (51,690 )     (49,801 )
    Payment of long-term debt   (462 )     (321 )
    Payment of debt issue costs   --       (225 )
    Proceeds from the exercise of stock options   --       19  
      Net cash provided by financing activities   7,748       2,272  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, Beginning of period   6,969       7,634  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, End of period $ 8,517     $ 8,691  

Contact Information

  • Company Contact:
    James Brown
    Chief Financial Officer
    (402) 691-4126

    Investor Relations:
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